North Central College - Naperville, IL
Global Studies: Developing States and French double major

After seeing the struggles of Haitian people during a service trip to Haiti, Erica added global studies with a focus on developing states to her French major. “I did follow-up research, confirming my passion for helping people. Then my professors challenged me and showed me different ways to research other cultures and solve problems.”

She also traveled to Kenya for a summer service trip, worked with Habitat for Humanity during spring break and studied abroad in France. “I learned more about my world and had a chance to see how the cultures and politics work, thanks to North Central.”

On campus, Erica was involved in the Cercle Francais student club, International Justice Mission and the College’s Model United Nations program. “Anyone who’s interested in global studies should do Model UN. You serve on committees that interest you. I served on child slavery and poverty committees, which pushed my research and compassion to a whole new level.”